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5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] the indictment of US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) [official website] for his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy. Fattah, along with four of his associates, were charged in a 29-count indictment including crimes such as bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel's attorney general [official website] on Monday ordered a criminal probe into excessive residential spending by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website]. The announcement [Times of Israel report] came after the state comptroller [official website] reported that large sums of public money were spent on food, furniture, cleaning … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] China's anti-corruption Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) [official website, in Chinese] on Tuesday announced the launch of investigations into 26 government agencies and state-owned-enterprises (SOEs). The entities to be investigated include People's Daily Newspaper [media website], Anshan Iron and Steel, conglomerate China Resources, the Ministry of Transport and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was found guilty Thursday of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets was sentenced to life imprisonment. He has also been deprived of his political rights for life and has had his personal assets confiscated. A year after Zhou's retirement in 2012, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Baghaei, former vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Bio profile]. Baghaei's arrest is the second detention of a high-ranking official from the Ahmadinejad administration, as Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another former vice president, was convicted [JURIST report] of corruption and embezzlement last year. The recent … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] on Wednesday issued "wanted person alerts" for six men having ties to the ongoing FIFA scandal [LAT backgrounder] on charges including racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The alerts are a notice and warning that the men may be arrested in any country to which they travel. … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US prosecutors on Wednesday charged [indictment, PdF] 14 top FIFA [official website] officials with offenses including racketeering, money laundering and bribery, alleging that the men used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to support various sites of FIFA World Cup … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday sentenced [press release] 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang [BBC profile] was charged [press release, in Chinese] with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official [NYT report] to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head [BBC report] of the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minster Ehud Olmert [JURIST news archive] was convicted Monday by the Jerusalem District Court [official website] of fraud and breach of trust in connection to payments received from American businessman Morris Talansky. According to Talansky's previous testimony, he provided [NYT report] Olmert with more than USD … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced a son of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] to 15 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and bribery. Rafsanjani's son, referred to only as "MH" in court documents, is assumed by those in the Iranian government … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A court in Tajikistan [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday sentenced Sukhrat Kudratov, an award-winning human rights lawyer, to nine years in prison for bribery and fraud. Kudratov, who was named human rights defender of the year in 2011 by the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law [official website], … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice [official website] for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from [AP report] depression, sleep … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of the prison sentence for former prime minister Ehud Olmert [Knesset profile; JURIST news archive] pending appeal on his conviction of corruption charges. Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal while serving as … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over Prabowo Subianto, who claimed widespread cheating and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Argentine federal judge Ariel Lijo on Friday charged [text, in Spanish] Amado Boudou with bribery and abusing his position in negotiations with the objective of obtaining benefits for himself and others. Boudou is accused of conducting business incompatible with Articles 256, 258 and 265 [text, in Spanish] of the … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The High Court of Kenya [official website] issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for journalist Walter Barasa, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for interfering with witnesses in the trial of Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials, PDF; JURIST news archive]. Barasa is accused [BBC … [read more]

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